Easter in the Country became family tradition for former MP
BRUCE Scott is egg-static to be attending Easter in the Country again this year after being involved with the event since its origins.
Watching his son Tony win the foot race at one of the first Easter in the Country celebrations more than 25 years ago has led to the annual event becoming a sacred family tradition.
Now more than two decades later, the former Maranoa MP's six grandchildren regularly make the trip to attend the festival, despite living overseas.
"It's become a way of life for me and my family," Mr Scott said.
"I've seen the festival expand and change drastically since it first started but the one thing that will always stay the same is the local connection and pride.
"Roma's always been home for me, so being able to attend such a terrific event every year makes me really proud to be a local."
With over 12,000 people estimated to attend Easter in the Country this year, Mr Scott believes the festival is crucial to boosting Roma's economy.
"Before the event existed, we would have most locals going away for the Easter weekend. The festival is a great reason for them to stay, as well as attracting visitors from all over," he said.
"It's a magnet to bring people in. The festival really has something for everyone and is a great way to put Roma on the map and showcase our local talents."
Easter in the Country is spread across five days from April 18 to 22, offering a range of activities for the thrill-seeker, the culture buff, and for those that like to take things leisurely.
Mr Scott believed there was no better way to spend the long weekend than enjoying the atmosphere and friendliness of the festival.
"It perfectly showcases the country lifestyle," he said.